'First-class sporting complex': Juventus Academy Sydney sets up base at Fairfield Showground

Barry Jurcevic, Lorenzo Grossi, Sebastiano Disco, Andrea Chianca, Omar Burberi, Davide Merenda, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, Juventus Academy Sydney Director Terry Leckie, Juventus Academy Sydney Director Andrea Merenda, Antonino Di Leva, Fairfield manager Alan Young and Rale Rasic at Fairfield Showground on Monday.
Barry Jurcevic, Lorenzo Grossi, Sebastiano Disco, Andrea Chianca, Omar Burberi, Davide Merenda, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, Juventus Academy Sydney Director Terry Leckie, Juventus Academy Sydney Director Andrea Merenda, Antonino Di Leva, Fairfield manager Alan Young and Rale Rasic at Fairfield Showground on Monday.

Juventus Academy Sydney Director Terry Leckie said they look forward to a "long-term commitment" at the Fairfield Showground after setting up a new base at the new synthetic field.

The elite football development institute, the local arm of a global football training and development network that is tied to the famous European football club Juventus FC, will benefit from the new facilities and allow them to expand their development programs on offer to its players.

"We are pleased for Juventus Academy to be part of this first-class sporting complex where our Italian coaches will not only teach the Juventus methods but provide sound guidance in the good values young footballers need to learn," Mr Leckie said.

"We look forward to a long term commitment at the Fairfield Showground sports complex which will play a key role in the future development of youth sport in the Fairfield region."

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and city manager Alan Young welcomed Mr Leckie and the academy to Fairfield Showground on Monday. Juventus Academy Regional Coaching Director Lorenzo Grossi from Italy, Academy Director Andrea Merenda, coaching staff, players and 1974 Socceroos World Cup Coach Rale Rasic were also in attendance.

Mr Carbone said Juventus Academy Sydney choosing Fairfield Showground as a new base is a huge vote of confidence in the new synthetic field.

"I am proud that Juventus Academy Sydney has chosen to use our synthetic field as part of its development network and I look forward to seeing tomorrow's champion footballers honing their considerable skills here in Fairfield," he said.

"We are welcoming people of all abilities from across our city and Sydney, whether they are junior players or elite teams. There is something for everyone here at Fairfield Showground.

"With the development of high quality facilities such as the new synthetic field, council has returned Fairfield Showground to the people."

Juventus Academy Sydney joins Marconi Stallions, Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC, Sydney United 58 FC and Mounties Wanderers Football Club have signed on to use the new $3.5 million synthetic field.

The field, which is part of the $25 million redevelopment of Fairfield Showground into a regional multicultural and sporting centre, can be divided to allow multiple hirers to use it at the same time and has 200 lux lighting for night use.

Council will be applying to have the field accredited to FIFA standards.